How to format your references using the Hereditas citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Hereditas. For a complete guide how to prepare your manuscript refer to the journal's instructions to authors.

Using reference management software

Typically you don't format your citations and bibliography by hand. The easiest way is to use a reference manager:

PaperpileThe citation style is built in and you can choose it in Settings > Citation Style or Paperpile > Citation Style in Google Docs.
EndNoteFind the style here: output styles overview
Mendeley, Zotero, Papers, and othersThe style is either built in or you can download a CSL file that is supported by most references management programs.
BibTeXBibTeX syles are usually part of a LaTeX template. Check the instructions to authors if the publisher offers a LaTeX template for this journal.

Journal articles

Those examples are references to articles in scholarly journals and how they are supposed to appear in your bibliography.

Not all journals organize their published articles in volumes and issues, so these fields are optional. Some electronic journals do not provide a page range, but instead list an article identifier. In a case like this it's safe to use the article identifier instead of the page range.

A journal article with 1 author
1. Nitzan A. Chemistry. Molecules take the heat. Science. 2007;317:759–60.
A journal article with 2 authors
1. Shizuka D, Lyon BE. Coots use hatch order to learn to recognize and reject conspecific brood parasitic chicks. Nature. 2010;463:223–6.
A journal article with 3 authors
1. Fotso H, Mikelsons K, Freericks JK. Thermalization of field driven quantum systems. Sci Rep. 2014;4:4699.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
1. Valovka T, Schönfeld M, Raffeiner P, Breuker K, Dunzendorfer-Matt T, Hartl M, et al. Transcriptional control of DNA replication licensing by Myc. Sci Rep. 2013;3:3444.

Books and book chapters

Here are examples of references for authored and edited books as well as book chapters.

An authored book
1. Shinohara H, Tagmatarchis N. Endohedral Metallofullerenes. Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd; 2015.
An edited book
1. An A, Matwin S, Raś ZW, Ślęzak D, editors. Foundations of Intelligent Systems: 17th International Symposium, ISMIS 2008 Toronto, Canada, May 20-23, 2008 Proceedings. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer; 2008.
A chapter in an edited book
1. Albritton KH, Eden T. Access to Care Before and During Therapy. In: Bleyer WA, Barr RD, editors. Cancer in Adolescents and Young Adults. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer; 2007. p. 61–9.

Web sites

Sometimes references to web sites should appear directly in the text rather than in the bibliography. Refer to the Instructions to authors for Hereditas.

Blog post
1. Davis J. Ancient Human Skull May Help Explain The Origin Of Neanderthals [Internet]. IFLScience. IFLScience; 2017 [cited 2018 Oct 30]. Available from: https://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/ancient-human-skull-may-help-explain-the-origin-of-neanderthals/

Reports

This example shows the general structure used for government reports, technical reports, and scientific reports. If you can't locate the report number then it might be better to cite the report as a book. For reports it is usually not individual people that are credited as authors, but a governmental department or agency like "U. S. Food and Drug Administration" or "National Cancer Institute".

Government report
1. Government Accountability Office. Industrial Policy: Japan’s Flexible Approach. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office; 1982 Jun. Report No.: ID-82-32.

Theses and dissertations

Theses including Ph.D. dissertations, Master's theses or Bachelor theses follow the basic format outlined below.

Doctoral dissertation
1. Brown JR. Trajectories of parents’ experiences in discovering, reporting, and living with the aftermath of middle school bullying [Doctoral dissertation]. [Bloomington, IN]: Indiana University; 2010.

News paper articles

Unlike scholarly journals, news papers do not usually have a volume and issue number. Instead, the full date and page number is required for a correct reference.

New York Times article
1. Senior J. A Teenager’s Mind At War With Itself. New York Times. 2017 Oct 10;C1.

In-text citations

References should be cited in the text by sequential numbers in square brackets:

This sentence cites one reference [1].
This sentence cites two references [1,2].
This sentence cites four references [1–4].

About the journal

Full journal titleHereditas
AbbreviationHereditas
ISSN (online)1601-5223
ScopeGenetics
General Medicine

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